Although I'm not much of a gambler, I do enjoy a visit to the races. If there's an excuse to wear a lovely dress, high heels and a something flashy on my head then I'm game!
On a sunny Thursday morning, Mary, Chantelle, Nichola and I hopped on the train from London Bridge and whizzed down to Brighton (it only takes around 50 minutes). Following our brilliant night out in Manchester earlier this year, we thought ladies day at the races followed by a night on the town would be a fabulous follow up.
We checked into our hotel to freshen up. We stayed at The Twenty One on Charlotte Street which I would recommend to anyone staying in Brighton. Owners Matt and Andy are fantastic and the complimentary goodies like homemade chocolate cake in our room, bottled water and wine just added to the experience!
We were ready to rock.
The race course was only a five minute taxi ride from the hotel. A glistening sea of ladies in glamorous frocks made their way through the turnstiles to place some bets, drink champagne and hopefully come away a few quid up.
Not sure about the relevance of that weird mascot!
This flat racing course takes the form of a horseshoe one and a half miles in length. For the fact fans out there, this makes it one of few British courses not to form a complete circuit.
We were really lucky with the weather. It was a little windy but sunny and not too hot. It was gorgeous standing outside watching the races from the balcony outside.
We'd booked the hospitality package which included a three-course meal and a table in the restaurant for the whole day. We could still disappear off to place bets and watch the races but it was great to have a base to come back to.
The food was rather nice too!
We placed bets on each race with a mixed bag of luck
It didn't start out too well!
I lost the first four races but made my money back and more when I bet a tenner on an outsider!
Unfortunately we returned to the hotel without the diamond necklace up for grabs in the best dressed competition. Obviously the spotters just didn't see us!
It was time for an outfit change for our night out on the town.
Brighton is famed for its nightlife which is exciting, varied and well worth exploring. There are tons of options for a night out and both the gay and straight bar and club scene is very much alive and kicking.
Much of the nightlife was right on our hotel doorstep. We started off having a few cocktails in a quirky pub...
where I made a couple of little friends
We moved from bar to bar, gossiping, dancing and generally having a very fun time indeed.
It was a fabulous day and night with three equally as fabulous ladies. There may have been a couple of sore heads the next morning but it was definitely worth it!
I headed back to London the next morning in slightly less glamorous attire than the day before.
My favourite retro t-shirt!
Have a lovely weekend everyone! x